New Zealand ANZ February Business Confidence +34.4%; December +30.4%

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand business confidence pushed higher in February with firms' own activity expectations, employment and investment intentions all robust. "In cricketing parlance, New Zealand's innings is progressing nicely; there are runs on the board - ...

French January Consumer Spending Beats Expectations

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By William Horobin PARIS--French consumer spending was stronger than expended in January, indicating the eurozone's second largest economy started 2015 on a firmer footing after three years of weak economic growth. Consumer spending--the largest factor of French economic growth--rose 0.6% ...

China's Yuan Slumps on Growth Worries

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Anjani Trivedi China's yuan fell to its weakest level against the dollar in more than two years on Friday, extending a decline driven by the prospect of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. Investors have been selling the ...

French January Consumer Spending Beats Expectations

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

PARIS--French consumer spending was stronger than expended in January, indicating the eurozone's second largest economy started 2015 on a firmer footing after three years of weak economic growth. Consumer spending--the largest factor of French economic growth--rose 0.6% in January from ...

Thailand's Slow Recovery Continues in January

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Nopparat Chaichalearmmongkol BANGKOK-Thailand's economy showed mixed signs of improvement in January, as tourist arrivals increased but consumption and investment remained flat, data from the Bank of Thailand showed Friday. More than 2.6 million tourists arrived in Thailand in January ...

Oil Prices Rally Ahead of US Data -- 2nd Update

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Georgi Kantchev LONDON--Oil prices rallied on Friday ahead of key data expected to show another reduction in U.S. drilling activity. Crude futures have been whipsawing in recent weeks with the market weighing up signs of impending supply cuts and ...

South Africa Jan Trade Balance Swung to ZAR24.2 Billion Deficit

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Patrick McGroarty JOHANNESBURG--South Africa's trade balance swung to an unexpectedly wide deficit in January, the latest blow to an economy struggling against slow growth and widespread power outages. South Africa's revenue service on Friday said the country posted a ...

China's Yuan Slumps on Growth Worries

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

China's yuan fell to its weakest level against the dollar in more than two years on Friday, extending a decline driven by the prospect of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. Investors have been selling the yuan in recent ...

Japan January Industrial Output +4.0% On Month

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TOKYO--Japanese industrial production rose 4.0% in January, the second straight on-month increase, data showed Friday, an indication that industrial activity is continuing its gradual recovery on the back of strong exports to Asia and the U.S. The rise compares with ...

India Forecasts GDP Growth of Up to 8.5%

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Rajesh Roy NEW DELHI--The Indian government Friday projected the country's economic expansion would accelerate to a four-year high of as much as 8.5% in the coming fiscal year, making the South Asian nation one of the fastest-growing economies. In ...

European Stocks Continue Rally

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

European stocks edged up in early trade Friday, extending a succession of multiyear highs this week. The Stoxx Europe 600 index rose 0.2%, having surged 1% to its highest close in more than seven years on Thursday. The rally of ...

European Stocks Continue Rally

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Tommy Stubbington European stocks edged up in early trade Friday, extending a succession of multiyear highs this week. The Stoxx Europe 600 index rose 0.2%, having surged 1% to its highest close in more than seven years on Thursday. ...

India Says Growth May Hit 8.5%

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NEW DELHI--The Indian government said Friday that the country's economic expansion will accelerate to a four-year high of as much as 8.5% in the coming fiscal year as recent radical changes in the way the South Asian nation measures its ...

Turkish Lira Declines to Fresh Record

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Yeliz Candemir ISTANBUL--Turkey's lira slumped to a fresh record against the dollar Friday, with losses outpacing most emerging-markets peers amid a broader selloff on mounting political pressure on the country's central bank. The currency weakened by 0.7% to 2.5248 ...

Turkish Lira Declines to Fresh Record

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

ISTANBUL--Turkey's lira slumped to a fresh record against the dollar Friday, with losses outpacing most emerging-markets peers amid a broader selloff on mounting political pressure on the country's central bank. The currency weakened by 0.7% to 2.5248 against the dollar ...

Oil Rebounds Ahead U.S. Rig-Count, China Factory Data

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures rose in Asian trade Friday ahead U.S. rig-count data due later in the trading day, and Chinese official manufacturing numbers expected over the weekend. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for ...

European Stocks Inch Lower--Update

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Tommy Stubbington European stocks inched lower Friday, after running up a succession of multiyear highs this week. The Stoxx Europe 600 index was down 0.1% midmorning, having surged 1% to its highest close in more than seven years on ...

Sweden's GDP grew 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter 2014

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2015-02-27 9:30 AM Nr 2015:544 National accounts, 4th quarter 2014: Sweden's GDP grew 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter 2014 Sweden's GDP increased 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, seasonally adjusted and compared ...

Asian Shares Mixed

TODAY: Feb. 27, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

A raft of data painting diverging pictures of Japan's economy capped gains for Japan stocks Friday, while in China, the yuan fell to its lowest level in months. The Nikkei Stock Average was up 0.4% after factory output grew sharply ...